At Grange Park, pupil Wellbeing is always especially important to us. This page is dedicated to supporting our pupils in maintaining a positive mental health, particularly during this challenging time.
Watch our short video to see some of the things you can do at home and a new challenge we would love for you to get involved in.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEFHfpr7gog
Information about The Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation curriculum was devised by an OT (Leah Kuypers). It helps pupils to recognise how they are feeling and learn how to communicate this. It also develops an understanding of facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to behaviours, insight into what triggers their behaviours, calming and alerting strategies and problem solving skills.
It also works on developing a ‘tool kit’ of strategies to help pupils move between zones or get into the expected zone for a certain situation.
Everyone experiences the zones!
There are 4:
Blue - you may feel sad, bored, sick, tired
Green - you may feel happy, content, focused, ready to learn, calm and alert
Yellow - your energy is up, emotions are elevated: frustrated, anxious, silly, wriggly, agitated
Red - Big feelings: elated, ecstatic, angry, enraged, terrified
It is important to recognise that the red and yellow zones are not the ‘bad’ or ‘naughty’ zones. All of the zones are expected in different situations. For example, being in the red zone when in danger or the yellow zone at a theme park.
The zone you are in will vary throughout the day. This is normal.
How to support your child with using the Zones
• Become familiar with the zones yourself and encourage the whole family to use the zones to describe how they are feeling at different times of the day.
• Make comments so that your child understands it is natural that we all experience the different zones and use strategies to control (or regulate) ourselves. For example, “This is really frustrating me and making me go into the Yellow Zone. I need to use a tool to calm down. I will take some deep breaths.”
• Encourage your child to use their toolkit to help manage their zones as soon as they are moving to a less regulated state. Identify for yourself what tools YOU use to support your emotional states and how you manage to get back to a calm state (green).
• Try and build on what helps you and your child stay in the green zone (e.g. regular breaks, healthy food, following a PE schedule, dancing, talking). All activities can be time limited and use a visual timer - on the phone/sandtimer so your child can see how long they have for an activity.
• The zones of regulation supports the SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports) model that we use at Grange Park School.
Gratitude Creative Challenge:
At this time, it is important to think about all the positive things in our lives.
What things do you have to be grateful for?
Create an image to show all the things you are grateful for in your life. An example is shown in our Wellbeing video and is saved at the bottom of the page.
How can I present my ideas?
Share your work via Email: email@example.com
Our favourite entries will be shared on our Pupil Gallery.
We would also recommend exploring the following links for more ways you can become more Mindful whilst at home.
Mindful breathing exercise from 'Every Mind Matters'
Try some Yoga – Video coming soon
Try some Senses breathing with Mrs Savage
Please find below some more suggestions of things you can do to become more mindful and help maintain a positive mental health at home.
You can also find the example poster featured on the Wellbeing video to give you ideas for our Gratitude Competition.